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[05/05/17 - 09:33 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts with Viewers, Demos
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/4/17):

CBS (7.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (11.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and originals from "Mom" (8.007 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.973 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (3.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio "Grey's Anatomy" (6.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "The Catch" (2.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.489 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) alongside the season finale of "Superstore" (2.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and new episodes of "Chicago Med" (6.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "The Blacklist" (4.814 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) as well as repeats of "The Mick" (1.530 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and another "The Mick" (1.475 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.517 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Riverdale" (0.995 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Riverdale
+28.57% - The Amazing Race
+28.57% - MasterChef Junior
+15.38% - Mom
+10.00% - Chicago Med
+9.09% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - Supernatural
-7.14% - Scandal
-14.29% - The Catch

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Superstore (vs. STRONG)
+14.29% - The Blacklist (vs. Game of Silence)
0.00% - Riverdale (vs. The 100)
0.00% - The Amazing Race (vs. Rush Hour)
0.00% - MasterChef Junior (vs. Bones)
-6.25% - Mom
-8.33% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-13.33% - Scandal
-15.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-17.24% - The Big Bang Theory
-25.00% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)
-33.33% - The Catch

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.9/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/5/16):

CBS (7.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.115 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "STRONG" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "The Blacklist" (6.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.365 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "American Grit" (1.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.136 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Bones
+5.26% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - 2 Broke Girls
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - Rush Hour
0.00% - Game of Silence
-6.25% - Scandal
-10.00% - The Catch
-11.11% - The Odd Couple
-11.11% - Mom
-12.12% - The Big Bang Theory
-14.29% - STRONG
-14.29% - American Grit
-14.29% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow
-20.00% - The 100

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - The 100 (vs. Reign)
+14.29% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+6.67% - Mom (vs. The Odd Couple)
0.00% - STRONG (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
0.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (vs. The Vampire Diaries)
-9.09% - Grey's Anatomy
-10.00% - The Catch (vs. American Crime)
-11.11% - The Odd Couple
-12.50% - Game of Silence (vs. Dateline NBC)
-14.29% - The Blacklist
-17.14% - The Big Bang Theory
-18.18% - Bones
-18.18% - Rush Hour (vs. Elementary)
-31.82% - Scandal
-45.45% - American Grit (vs. Bones)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.5/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.9/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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